Preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2004 Buick SUV, driven by Annette Wallace, 56 yoa, of Vincennes was stopped at a red light southbound US Highway 41 at County Road 100 N. Cody Byrnes was also stopped in traffic directly behind Wallace in his 2003 Dodge Durango. A 2013 International 4300 straight truck belonging to Schwan’s Consumer Brands, Inc., driven by Steven Aulich, 41 yoa, of Newburgh, failed to stop at the automatic traffic control signal rear-ending Byrnes’ vehicle, which was then pushed into Wallace’s vehicle. Wallace’s vehicle stopped in the grass median south of the intersection and Aulich’s and Byrnes’ vehicles stopped south of the intersection on the west side of the roadway. Upon Aulich rear-ending Byrnes at the intersection, both vehicles caught fire. The impact of the crash pushed the rear of Byrnes’ vehicle to the front seat area causing Byrnes to be trapped inside.
Wallace was transported by Gibson County EMS to Good Samaritan hospital for minor injuries where she was treated and later released. Byrnes was transferred to an awaiting Life-flight helicopter where he was flown to St. Mary’s hospital in Evansville and later flown to an Indianapolis hospital for serious crash and burn related injuries, where he is listed in stable condition.
As part of the traffic crash investigation process, a chemical test for drugs and alcohol was completed on Aulich. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this crash. Steven Aulich was cited for disregarding a traffic control signal and a commercial motor vehicle inspection will also be completed on the 2013 International, operated by Aulich.
Investigating Officer: Deputy Brad Garnett of the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office
Assisted by: Sheriff George Ballard and Deputies; Jeff Hill, Roger Ballard, U.B. Smith, and Randy Ziliak
Assisting agencies: Princeton Police Department, Indiana State Police, Princeton Fire Territory, Gibson County EMS, St. Mary’s Lifeflight
SOURCE: Gibson County Sheriff's Office - Nixle